This post was written on January 2nd.
So I am writing this post while on vacation and am unable to post seeing as I am actually without internet J But as I write this I am curled up in an armchair with a blanket on my lap, watching the snow softly fall through the windows. I’m sitting in the living room of my future in-laws. Being a teacher is great—not only do you get to work with students that you come to love, but you also get some pretty spectacular vacation time. Of course, not everyone gets that kind of time off, which means I am sitting alone while Mr. Charming is at work. But that’s okay—I’m getting lots of planning done for my classes.
Christmas vacation has gone by far too fast.
I knew that it would. And so I thought I was prepared for this.
But apparently I’m not.
This means I am really not liking the fact that in two days I will be back in BC trying to make another two and a half months fly by until I get to see Mr. Charming again. My heart is already breaking at the thought.
But enough about that.
I have been the world’s worst blogger lately. It hasn’t been for lack of interesting adventures, trust me. I will quickly run through some of the curious happenings that have taken place over the last two months.
1. While doing a novel study that involved the use of “public apologies,” my grade 10 class really latched on to that idea. We have at least one public apology issued in every class. And usually about three or four when I do lunchtime supervision on Wednesdays.
2. One day, after leaving the bank to deposit my paycheque, I was followed by a man I have never met. He stopped me, said “Excuse me, Miss? I just have to tell you something. You are very beautiful.” Then he turned around and walked away.
3. For Christmas this year one of my History 12 students made me a card. On the front was a picture of Chairman Mao wearing a Santa suit. The card addressed me as “The Illuminati.”
4. While sitting on a stool discussing something with my English 10 class, I lost my balance. Sadly, I was wearing heels and the heels were hooked on the rung of the stool, making putting my feet out to steady myself impossible. I fell. And had a bruise the size of my fist on one of my knees for a while. Instead of laughing, my students were concerned (I take this as a very good sign).
5. I introduced my Social Studies 8 class to the wonder that is The Muppet Christmas Carol. They didn’t know what to make of me when they realized I could sing along with every song.
6. I had to go through an observation in one of my classes (this is where the principal comes in, observes for the block, and gives me feedback). After the observation, and lunch, my kids returned to class, looked at me, and said, “Miss Slykhuis, you get an A+ on your observation. Well done.” They then proceeded to tell me their own observations of my observation.
7. I’m currently working on how to teach Planning 10... using The Lord of the Rings.
Now this is just a snapshot of what the last two months have held for me. But it should indicate to you that things have not been boring!
And now it is January 2nd, 2014. I’m getting married in 197 days. I’m getting married this year. I’m almost done my first semester as a full-fledged high school teacher. My sister is getting married this year (29 days after me, as a matter of fact).
Last Saturday Mr. Charming and I had our first pre-marital counselling session. One of the things the pastor asked us about was defining moments in our lives that have shaped who we are today (while he knows Mr. Charming really well, he didn’t know me, so this was an opportunity for him to figure out what makes me tick).
I tell you this because it means that this New Years’ I am feeling somewhat reflective. I’m thinking over all the things that God has done in my life that I never expected. I think back to two years ago.
Two years ago I was finishing my undergraduate degree, unsure of where I would be completing my Education Degree and definitely not having any idea as to where I would be teaching. Now I have my two degrees and a full-time job that I love.
Two years ago from now I was in the midst of dealing with my anger and grief over church issues and hurts. I felt like I was sinking and drowning in the emotions that came with that. Two years ago I had mentors who stepped in to help me work through the grieving process.
Two years ago God took me through a year of discovery. He showed me how He saw me and began to develop an identity in me that I hadn’t seen before. He took my insecurities around being single and dealing with hurt and rejection and showed me the beauty that He sees. I still struggle with this, but when I think back to where I was two years ago, I’m amazed at what He has done.
Two years ago I had a conversation with my cousin where she told me about a dinner she had with a friend. This friend had remarked to her that he thought I was hot. He had only seen me three and a half years earlier at my cousin’s wedding. Two years ago this friend started pursuing me and in just over six months I get to marry him.
None of this happened the way that I planned for it to happen.
But I am so thankful it did happen.
See, I have made plans and resolutions and all of that. And they never seem to work out the way I intend for them to. Which is why I’m not making a New Years’ Resolution this year. This year I am simply going to be open to the Holy Spirit’s direction. I’m going to keep moving forward, keep seeking Him, and see where He leads.